ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons: The 10 Records That Changed My Life

The first son Billy Gibbons ever learned to play was What I'd Say by Ray Charles. He's just received a 1962 Gibson Melodymaker for Christmas, a budget version of the Les Paul Junior with a thinner body, a narrow headstock, a single pick-up and a single cutaway.

"I'd just turned 13," says Gibbons. "I plugged it in, cranked it up and by the end of the afternoon I'd worked out that opening figure." 

Half a century later Gibbons is still cranking up the guitar, but now he's a legend. And these are the 10 records that helped out along the way.

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